Services

Services Overview

GFA's primary purpose is to provide fisheries and wildlife management capability for the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office (GHCO).  In doing this, since 1994, GFA has developed considerable expertise throughout Gitanyow Traditional Territory, especially in the field of fisheries management.  GFA fisheries biologists have over 40 years combined experience in aquatic fieldwork and project management.  GFA has an experienced crew of technicians, and in the 2011 season will have 5 technicians certified as fisheries technicians through Vancouver Island University.  The GFA team has successfully implemented projects for government (Ministry of Forests, Ministry of Environment, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Environmental Assessment Office, BC Hydro), industry (Chemtx Energy  Corporation, Syntaris Power Corporation) and various funders (Pacific Salmon Commission, Skeena Watershed Initiative, etc.). 

GFA's expertise in aquatic work, in and around Gitanyow Territory, is being increasingly noticed and utilized by industry and government.  GFA's local knowledge, pragmatic approach and physical location in northwestern B.C., means they can often do work on shorter notice and at a lower cost than consulting companies that need to travel from the lower mainland or other parts of B.C.  GFA commonly provides technical support to consulting companies looking to hire local, First Nations technicians (Rescan Environmental Services).  GFA will also partner with consulting companies to assist them in providing local knowledge, expertise and manpower (Environmental Dynamics Incorporated).  GFA has a network of professionals to partner with to deliver on multi-disciplinary projects, including engineers, specialized biologists, foresters, hydrologists, etc.

GFA can provide services in the following areas:

Aquatic habitat assessment

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Fish Population Monitoring, Enumeration, Assessment and Enhancement

Hydrological Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Impact Assessment Review

Land Use Planning


PHOTO GALLERIES

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Snapshots of GFA Projects

The fishwheel was then moved into position. This photo shows the first position of the fishweel.

Kitwanga Smolt Enumeration Facility

GFA technical crews are the backbone of the program, working long, split shifts each day to maintain the fence and process each fish that passes through, sometimes over 200,000 fish per season.

Kitwanga River Salmon Enumeration Facility

Chinook salmon are typically the first to migrate through the fence each year. This Chinook is swimming overtop the white teflon bottom of the trapbox.